Former police officer and Bromley resident PC Keith Palmer honoured at Met Excellence Awards
PUBLISHED: 17:25 09 March 2018
Former Bromley police officer, Keith Palmer, who was killed in last year's Westminster terror attack, was posthumously awarded today in the Met Excellence Awards.
The awards, on Friday March 9, recognised a host of dedicated police work across 13 separate categories, and the seventh annual ceremony was hosted by LBC radio’s Nick Ferrari.
PC Palmer, who was 48, was honoured with the Bravery of the Year award for his courageous actions on March 22 last year, when he sacrificed his life to protect his colleagues and members of the public.
After ploughing into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, Dartford-born Khalid Masood fatally stabbed the police officer.
Tobias Ellwood MP, who rushed to PC Palmer’s aid on the day, was also honoured at the ceremony with an Outstanding Contribution award.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said of the award: “PC Keith Palmer gave his life to protect the public.
“His courage and dedication to duty in confronting a vicious terrorist is testimony to the bravery shown every day by our police, who work so hard to keep us safe.
“It is absolutely fitting that PC Palmer and the outstanding bravery he showed have been honoured in this way.
“He paid the ultimate sacrifice in carrying out his duties and I am deeply grateful for his commitment to protect our country and its people.”
The awards brought together more than 350 officers, staff, volunteers and their family and friends, as well as partners and sponsors to celebrate amazing professionalism and dedication right across the Metropolitan Police Service.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who attended the event, said: “There’s no question that it’s been a difficult time for London since we last met for the Excellence in Policing Awards.
“Yet in responding to some of the most terrible events, from terrorist attacks to the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower, we have seen the heroism and bravery of our police and other emergency services time and time again.
“On behalf of all Londoners, today is an opportunity to say thank you for the tireless efforts, professionalism and dedication of the women and men of the Metropolitan Police Service. We are immensely proud and grateful.”